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Noah Donohoe changed our world: Search hero's tribute to Belfast teen

Sean McCarry became a familiar face during the search for missing Belfast schoolboy Noah Donohoe. Here, the 62-year-old from Portstewart tells Stephanie Bell how the loss of a friend at sea prompted him to set up the Community Rescue Service in Northern Ireland - and about working on rescue missions including the aftermath of 9/11

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Sean McCarrybriefing his team during the arduous search operation for Noah Donohoe

Sean McCarrybriefing his team during the arduous search operation for Noah Donohoe

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Sean McCarry leading the search operation for teenager Noah Donohoe

Sean McCarry leading the search operation for teenager Noah Donohoe

Sean is hugged by Noah’s aunt Niamh

Sean is hugged by Noah’s aunt Niamh

Sean with grandchildren Fodhla McCarry, Annie Bogle and Cliodhna McCarry

Sean with grandchildren Fodhla McCarry, Annie Bogle and Cliodhna McCarry

Noah Donohoe

Noah Donohoe

Sean McCarrybriefing his team during the arduous search operation for Noah Donohoe

By nature Sean McCarry is a private person, but when it comes to talking about his passion for community rescue, his heart often overrules his head. The humble hero and reluctant interviewee helped found and now heads up the Community Rescue Service (CRS) in Northern Ireland, leading a team of 280 volunteers at all hours of the day and night and in all weathers to search for lost loved ones.

It's a service so many people in Northern Ireland are indebted to and last weekend the community got to show their appreciation in a way which deeply touched Sean and his colleagues.

Hundreds gathered in north Belfast to clap for the rescue volunteers who tirelessly worked for six days and nights in an effort to find missing 14-year-old Noah Donohoe.